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# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity A Finding a Mathematical Description of a Physical Relationship

In this activity, student teams learn about research design and design a controlled experiment exploring the relationship between a hypothetical planet, an energy source, and distance. They analyze the data and derive an equation to describe the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Temperature Variations and Habitability: Activity B Relating Factors that Influence Planetary Temperature and Habitability

In this activity, student teams create a knowledge map of the essential characteristics or factors of a planet with a habitable climate, identifying range of inputs, outputs and variables of a planetary environmental system. Identified... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures? Activity B How do Atmospheres Produce their Effect Upon Surface Temperatures?

In this kinesthetic activity, the concept of energy budget is strengthened as students conduct three simulations using play money as units of energy, and students serve as parts of a planetary radiation balance model. Students will determine the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Understanding the Absorption of Energy at the Surface of the Earth

In this problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students take on the role of a student research scientist and explore the role of solar energy in determining climate. Students conduct experiments to determine the role of albedo in surface warming by... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$1 - \$5 per group of students

# Shaky Word Find

This student worksheet provides a word find puzzle as a review of scientific terms associated with tectonic activity. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Shaky Quake. Lesson objectives... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# SciJinks: Write the Book on Weather Metrics

This article introduces weather terminology and encourages discussion of the weather. A suggested project is provided for learners to create a book of weather terms. Using the list of terms provided, students define and identify the kind of unit... (View More)

# Decades of Hurricanes

On this worksheet, students are provided hurricane data by decade and are asked to calculate frequencies and averages. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Phenomenal Weather. Lesson... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Comparing the Statistics

This activity consists of two student worksheets, where students plot the position of the ten deadliest and ten most expensive hurricanes in the 20th century. Note: updated hurricane data through 2010 is available from NOAA (see related resources).... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricanes
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Humble Humidity

In this investigation, students use a a homemade psychrometer to measure relative humidity Two metal thermometers, a small piece of cloth, string, and a timer are required materials. The resource includes a chart which students use to calculate... (View More)

# Vaporizing Vapor

In this demonstration, relative humidity is modeled using a sponge and a pan of water, and the concept of saturation is depicted. Students answer questions examining the relationship between temperature and the capacity of air to hold water vapor.... (View More)